Former CSU student earns spot at 2018 U.S. Winter Olympics

Former CSU student earns spot at 2018 U.S. Winter Olympics

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A former Columbus State University student recently earned a spot on the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympics long track speed skating team.

Kimani Griffin qualified early in January and heads to Pyeongchang, South Korea in February for the Olympic games.

"It honestly hasn't set in yet," said Griffin. "I'm really excited to be a part of the team and travel with everyone to Korea."

In addition to being an athlete, Griffin is an accomplished guitarist. As a teenager, he received the prestigious honor of performing on PBS's "From the Top at Carnegie Hall." Around the same time, he was also breaking national records in skating.

Faced with two very different – but promising –paths, Griffin decided to pursue guitar at CSU's Schwob School of Music after visiting the university several times for competitions.

Griffin received a Woodruff Scholarship, an honor reserved for only one or two students at the CSU Schwob School of Music each year.

"I would lock myself in the studio. It was full-time music, just like it is full-time training now," Griffin said.

Ultimately, Griffin returned to speed skating. After seeing his peers compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, he made the decision to "take advantage of his youth" and pursue his Winter Olympics dreams.

While his endeavor into music is on pause, for now, he considers one day returning to CSU to complete his degree.

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